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Having trouble... the flash does not work sometimes, but other times it does. Sometimes it won't work for months, and then it does. Today I tried taking pictures and all I heard was a clicking noise where the flash is. What could be the problem, and is there a resolution?

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Re: Having trouble...

This sounds like to short or a capacitor failure. The likely cost of repair if at all possible will not a economicx. Best to write it off.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007

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